World Problems & Global Issues

The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.

The number of world problems now exceeds 56,000. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 28,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the complementary Yearbook of International Organizations.

Problem Problem Type
Animal vectors of disease D: Detailed problems
Hazards of biotechnology D: Detailed problems
Pattern of Lung Fire in the body G: Very specific problems
Bagassosis G: Very specific problems
Irresponsibility of member governments of the United Nations F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Ghostwriting scientific papers G: Very specific problems
Neo-fascism F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Absence of national nongovernmental organizations F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Biologically determined aggression F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Ill effects of educational failure F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Ineffective population control F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Inadequate social security for migrants E: Emanations of other problems
Diseases of the cornea D: Detailed problems
Social revolution C: Cross-sectoral problems
Corruption of juries D: Detailed problems
Corporate crime in the pharmaceutical industry E: Emanations of other problems
Limited availability of public services in small towns F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Protective objectification F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Leveraged buy-outs E: Emanations of other problems
Failure of market-led economic recovery F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Evasion of shipping regulations and taxes by flags of convenience E: Emanations of other problems
Autoimmune disease E: Emanations of other problems
Mistaken identification of government with people F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Suppression of information concerning environmental problems E: Emanations of other problems